Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa tipped to walk if QSI complete deal

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What an exciting time it is for Leeds United supporters.

The club are top of the Championship with six games remaining meaning that promotion is firmly on the horizon.

A six-point gap on the chasing pack means that a place in the Premier League is very much Leeds United's to lose.

That means that plans will start being put in place for the future.

One major aspect is the topic of investment in the club, with QSI previously linked with a deal to complete a takeover of the club.

That interest has been put on the back-burner until promotion is achieved, but discussing the future of the Yorkshire side, Seb Stafford Bloor of TIFO Football has said that any deal with QSI could lead to wholesale changes both on and off the pitch.

Speaking on the Football Writer's Podcast, Stafford Bloor said: "It depends what happens next with Leeds and with Andrea Radrizzani, because of his friendship with Nasser Al-Khelaifi [QSI chairman].

"The suggestion has always been that if Leeds reach the Premier League, there will be some sort of takeover.

“There’s enough ambiguity in some of the statements he’s issued and interviews he’s given to give credence to this.

“If you substitute QSI into the situation at Elland Road, that’s the potential tap that gives you the unlimited supply of money.

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“Bielsa – above all else – is a bit of a contrarian. He is not an orthodox thinker in terms of where he commits his future. He’s always made a big thing of making his coaching decisions based on what he’s going into in a three-dimensional sense. So, the squad, the team and the resources, yes, but also things like the city.

“Now, what would be fascinating is, if a takeover came in I don’t think Bielsa is ideologically the fit for that, because it changes what Leeds are.

“And I think there’s a very real possibility that – probably not this summer – but at least within a year, he walks away.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Promotion to the Premier League is going to open up a world of new opportunities for Leeds United.

As well as competing with the best on the pitch, it means that an opportunity will likely present itself to attract invest from some of the richest in the world.

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That would allow the club to kick on and truly challenge to become one of the biggest names in world football.

However there has to be a degree of caution.

It'd be foolish to run before they can walk and that means that for Leeds United it's crucial to be consistent in their approach to running the club to ensure that things don't implode in the short-term.

Promotion doesn't guarantee success, and the focus has to be on getting promoted and then purely consolidating their financial and footballing future next term.

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